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Friday, June 8 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Six Months of Creative Placemaking: Lessons Learned from Design Dash in West Oakland

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West Oakland has long been a center of systemic exclusion. Once a thriving African American community, it is now a struggling area due to redlining, an intrusive highway system, pollution form the Port of Oakland, and disinvested infrastructure. Simultaneously, the area is gentrifying due to the housing crisis in the Bay Area.

A local community development corporation, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, is investing in programming that empowers local residents adjacent to their affordable housing developments. Now in its fourth year, Design Dash is supported by EBALDC and uses design as a tool to build local leaders. The Open Architecture Collaborative was hired as the community design consultant to produce this year’s program.

We will discuss the approach to the program, difficulties, trainings, wins, evaluation process, and outcomes. Your feedback is welcome as we investigate impact on the systemic issues of the area.

Speakers
avatar for Garrett Jacobs

Garrett Jacobs

Open Architecture Collaborative Inc.
Prior to launching the OAC Garrett led programs at Code for America. Initially managing a national network of government staff working to improve public service and running government relations in their Fellowship program. In 2015 Garrett facilitated 30 global chapters in the co-creation... Read More →
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Annie Ledbury

Architect and Creative Placemaking Manager, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
Annie leads strategy and implementation of creative placemaking and resident-engaged design programs, manages design and construction of spaces for neighborhood-serving businesses, and creates systems to enhance design quality, health outcomes, and resident engagement in the development... Read More →


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